Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction
DOT 1991 Facade
Dungeon of Terror
Attraction type Haunted House

Fright Nights

Halloween Horror Nights II

Halloween Horror Nights IV

Park Universal Studios Florida
Area Amity (1991-1992)

San Francisco (1994)

Year 1991



Housed in JAWS Queue (1991-1992) Earthquake Queue (1994)
Based on Original
Followed by Cryptkeeper's Dungeon of Terror (1995)

Dungeon of Terror (or The Dungeon of Terror) was the only haunted house that was featured during Fright Nights. The house returned the next year for Halloween Horror Nights II. Both houses appeared in the JAWS Queue. It returned again during Halloween Horror Nights IV, but this time it was located in the Earthquake Queue.

History and Location 1991 and 1992 Edit

When Universal first opened, one of their biggest, most hyped-up rides were the JAWS ride. When Universal first opened, the shark on the ride would not work, so they ended up using the line for the ride for a haunted house for their new Halloween Event called Fright Nights. They decided to call it The Dungeon of Terror and it would be the only haunted house for the event. The house reportedly took six weeks to build. This house was a huge hit, and so they decided to bring it back the following year for Halloween Horror Nights II. Because the JAWS shark still wouldn't work, they put the Dungeon of Terror back into the JAWS Queue.

Description 1991-1992 Edit

Watch as a full cast of madmen and monsters wreak havoc and mayhem within the walls of the dungeons dark, dark depths.

Description 1994 Edit

There is no apparent escape! Are you to become the next victim of the night?

Facade Edit

The facade looked like the wall of a castle with a cage with a woman hanging above. On top of the castle were scareactors that would yell at the people that were below them.

Walkthrough Edit

Due to the house's age, a reliable, detailed walkthrough is not available. However, enough old first-hand accounts exist to get an idea of the experience.

The house was designed to take twelve minutes to get through, but in practice the number was closer to five-eight minutes. The walls were bloodied, and the beginning contained a six-foot spider hanging above the guests. After leaving the spider room, the guests would be terrorized by a scareactor portraying a homicidal maniac. One of the scenes had the guests walk on The Rat Lady's glass coffin, with the Lady scratching at the glass and screaming for help. Another room had pliable walls closing in enough to touch the guests, making them feel like they were being crushed.

The corridor started to tighten as scareactors could be seen near the walls. At one point, a room where a man gets hanged behind a chainlink fence is entered. At another, a person inside of a coffin reached out and asked the guests to let them out. One of the scareactors would also dump slime on guests. Judging by a pic, guests at once point walked in a bridge above water. Also doors would randomly shut in guests faces while they were walking through. The finale featured strobe lights and scareactors in the walls reaching out towards guests.

From the house layout, the rooms seems to be in this order:

  • Entry
  • Lobby
  • Executioner
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Unknown
  • Graveyard
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Dungeon
  • Finale

The 1992 version of the house seemed to be longer with a few added props and scenes. It also was a lot safer as doors did not shut in your face and the room with the walls closing in was gone.

The 1994 version of the house seems to have been mostly unchanged. However, due to lack of mention, the hanged man and The Rat Lady can be assumed to have been removed. Also the house seems to be shorter than the previous versions.

Pictures Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The house in 1991 was the debut appearance of The Rat Lady.
  • This house was the first house in the history of Halloween Horror Nights Orlando and was the first house located in the JAWS Queue and the Earthquake Queue. This was also the first original house.
  • It has been reported that because of the lack of air conditioning in the house, the scareactors latex makeup would melt and make the scareactors look even more horrifying.
  • This house contained several elements that would later be phased out as Halloween Horror Nights evolved.
    • As mentioned above, one of the areas contained a plexiglass floor.
    • Doors would randomly shut in guests' faces.

sources Edit

Fright Nights
Characters: Frankenstein  • Dracula  • The Wolfman  • The Mummy  • The Bride of Frankenstein  • The Creature From The Black Lagoon
Haunted House: The Dungeon of Terror
Scarezones: scarezones were not presented at Halloween Horror Nights until 1994.
Shows: Beetlejuice Dead in Concert! Featuring the Ghostbusters!  • Chainsaw Massacre  • Dr. Death  • The Human Pincushion  • Magical Mania  • Madame Kuszel  • Cobra Woman  • Dragon Breath  • Starshower  • Paul Revere & the Raiders  • Monster Mardi Gras Costume Contest  • Prince Dragon  • Iron Belly  • Dr. Frankenstein's Theater Featuring Mistress of the Night, Frankenstein and Dracula  • The Human Impaler  • The Gravediggers  • The Pendragons  • Universal Science Band  • Beetlejuice Graveyard Tours
Halloween Horror Nights II
Haunted Houses: Dungeon of Terror • The People Under the Stairs
Scarezones: scarezones were not presented at Halloween Horror Nights until 1994.
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • Carnival of Horror  • The Pendragons  • Robosaurus  • Thunderdome
Haunted Attractions: Alien Forest  • Voyage into the Unknown  • Tramway of Doom  • Terror Underground
Halloween Horror Nights IV
Haunted Houses: The Boneyard (House) • Dungeon of Terror • Hell's Kitchen •The Psycho Path Maze
Scarezone: Horrorwood
Shows: Bill and Ted Meet Timecop  • The Devil and His Showgirls  • The Price is Fright  • Robosaurus